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Construction moves along at Perham schools

Construction projects at Perham's public schools are continuing to move along, with the district doing what it can to save money and hassle along the way.

At a work session of the Perham-Dent School Board on Aug. 30, the board discussed progress on projects at the high school, middle school and elementary school.

The board awarded a bid for site prep for the new high school to Kuechle Underground of Kimball, Minn., which plans to partner up with Ottertail Aggregate for the excavation portion of the work.

Kuechle's winning bid was for $400,000, which was $100,000 less than the district's estimated budget.

At Prairie Wind Middle School, underground utility work was in process all last week.

The work, which added a water hook-up, required the school parking lot to be temporarily torn up and the school's water to be shut off for one day. Due to these disturbances, district leaders wanted to be sure the project would get completed before the start of school on Tuesday.

Last Friday, Superintendent Mitch Anderson confirmed that the project was already complete and the area had been repaved.

"Yes, they filled the hole," he said.

At Heart of the Lakes Elementary School, three new side-by-side door frames are planned to be installed between the existing school of the elementary and the new entry at door number two. The doors are located in the construction area and are planned to be done in the near future while construction finishes up.

School board members agreed to reuse existing doors because the frame was rusted out on the bottom of the doors and in need of replacement, and they felt the existing doors were still in good shape.

The projects are all part of a major district-wide construction project approved by voters in November of last year. Funded through a $45 million referendum the project calls for construction of a new high school and improvements at other schools and facilities in the district.

Kelsee Newton

Graduated from Perham High School in 2009 and graduate from Minnesota State University of Moorhead in 2015 with a  degree in English and Mass Communications. Newton covers the city beat and feature writer for the Perham Focus.

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